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File:LAPD Bell 206 Jetranger.jpg|thumb|A US police Bell 206 helicopter A '''helicopter''' is a type of rotorcraft in which Lift (force)|lift and thrust are supplied by Helicopter rotor|rotors. This allows the helicopter to take off and land vertically, to hover (helicopter)|hover, and to fly forward, backward, and laterally. These attributes allow helicopters to be used in congested or isolated areas where fixed-wing aircraft and many forms of VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft cannot perform. The English word ''helicopter'' is adapted from the French word , coined by Gustave Ponton d'Amécourt in 1861, which originates from the Greek language|Greek ''helix'' () "helix, spiral, whirl, convolution"Genitive case|GEN ''helikos'' (the kappa|κ being Romanization of Greek|romanised as a ''c''); see and . and ''pteron'' ()...
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